Designing Women turns 28 today—CBS debuted the Emmy-winning sitcom on September 29, 1986, introducing the world to four women with grace, strength and intelligence. The show had so much going for it—its four amazing leads; sharp writing by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, the confidence to address social issues—that it remains a gay classic today.
One element of Designing Women that we truly relish are Julia Sugarbaker's legendary rants. The woman pretty much invented reading—and her combination of wrath, impatience and superiority could turn a beauty queen into a weeping puddle of mush.
Below, we're sharing 5 great clips of the late Dixie Carter as Julia Sugarbaker, throwing a plantation's worth of shade. Perfect for viewing when some poor fool gets on your last nerve.
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5. Julia reads a socialite for filth for suggesting AIDS is "God's punishment."
4. Julia threatens Charlene for messing up her chance to meet Jimmy Carter.
3. Julia schools a Yankee journalist on what Southerners have—and haven't—eaten.
2. Julia tears into a right-wing radio host about Christian values and patriotism.
1. Julia reads a beauty pageant contestant for filth for talking trash about Suzanne.